Quarterly Reviews

Today’s Reverb10 prompt:


What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did/didn’t go for it? (prompt author: Kaileen Elise)

(if you can’t see this video, click here)

This prompt had me going back through my 17 Reverb10 responses so far to compile all the things I’ve said I want to do in 2011.

They are:

  • Focusing on sharpening instead of just sawing away
  • Setting an alarm to wake up at a consistent (early) time
  • Eliminating internet in the morning
  • Daily music practice
  • Daily music writing
  • No eating after 8pm
  • No drinking while playing
  • Eliminating clutter in various forms
  • Dissolve habit of getting defensive
  • Eliminate debt (not all of it, but a significant amount)
  • Keep doing my 3-5-3 daily notebook
  • Immaculate Bookkeeping
  • Adhering to my version of a Freelancer’s Budget

So how am I going to do all of these things?

It’s not like the clock will change to 2011 and I’ll suddenly be doing or eliminating all of these things from day 1 until day 365.

Some of the things on this list (like not eating after 8pm, not drinking while playing, and waking up at a specific time) are best suited for 30-day experiments.  Even my commitment to write music every day – that’s not something I’m going to be doing every day of the year. There would be no time to edit!

What I’m getting at is the thing I’m going to do to make all of these things happen this year:

Quarterly Reviews

(I love pretending I work in an office.)

I usually have work booked up to 3 months in advance. (It always looks like I’m retiring every 4th month.) 3 months is the perfect block of time. Planning for anything beyond 3 months seems too abstract.

So that’s what I’m going to do in 2011.

3 month plans. Quarterly reviews. Checkpoints to see if I’m on track with this stuff, to decide which of these things I’m going to work on, and to make adjustments and plans for the next 3 months.

“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”


4 Responses to Quarterly Reviews

  1. Elena says:

    What a fab idea! I think I might try this..
    I like your description of how we don’t magically have our Great New Habits all perfectly formed in the new year. I think the Reverb prompts have incited me to bite off almost more than I can chew, new-years-resolution-wise. And usually I don’t even make those!

    Keep up the great Reverb reflections..

  2. nmhouston says:

    I was hearing Yoda in my head too all day. I like reading about your systems like the 3-5-3 notebook — it’s always inspiring to see how other people handle things.

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